Vancouver

The last few weeks have been amazing, I’m so excited to share my travel journey with you guys. On instagram you will see some pictures of Cleveland and Pittsburgh, here I will focus on Vancouver and Nanaimo though.

Vancouver is an incredible city in British-Columbia. My boyfriend and I stayed at a wonderful apartment via airbnb and since it was in Downtown Vancouver, we were right in the center of action.

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When you go there, you have to walk to the Waterfront. The olympic flame stands between architectural skyscrapers and the ocean. There’s also a nice café which you can see in the second picture. You can walk along the promenade which has a wonderful view on the idyllic scenery: snowcapped mountains and trees above the blue sea.

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Another spot to visit is the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese garden, because it is beautifully quiet and lets you meditate or just enjoy the peaceful vibes in contrast to the fast and overwhelming experience in the city.

What’s also great about Vancouver is that there are nice bike lanes and lots of rental stations. I really recommend to bike or walk around the Stanley Park which offers beach, grass, water and an incredible view on Vancouver’s skyline. You can stop at any time and inhale the fresh air, let the sunshine tickle your skin and just enjoy the moment.

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If you’re interested in art, the Vancouver Art Gallery is quite amazing – it has lots of artists from different periods and its architecture is also visually interesting. When you enter the gallery, there’s a monochrom typography artwork on both wall and floor which gives the antique setting a new twist.

Now my favorite part of Vancouver is most likely gastown – a small area with artsy and hipster vibes. It has a lot of amazing cocktail bars, perfectly styled shops and cute bakeries and cafés. At night, the whole street is lit up by beautiful lights which creates a unique and special atmosphere.

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Since walking around that much can make you quite hungry, here are some recommendations where to eat:

Steamworks Brewing Company (sweet potato fries with pesto-mayonnaise, Burgers + Cocktails)
Shuraku Sake Bar & Bistro (Lunchbox A + B, delicious Japanese kitchen)
Blue Water Café (sophisticated Seafood, expensive but definitely worth the prize!)
D’oro Gelato e Caffè (best passionfruit icecream, tastes like in Italy)
Jang Mo Jib (Doe Jee Bool Go Gee, Mool Mahn Doo, amazing Korean food)
Tim Hortons (doughnuts & more)

I also picked out some nice stores for you:

Anthropologie  |  Aesop  |  hey jude  |  lululemon athletica  |  Liberal Arts Fashion  |  Örling & Wu  |  zientte interiors  |  Kit and Ace  |  DAVIDsTEA  |  one of a few  |  Noul

If you have enough time, you can take a ferry to Vancouver Island. We were in Nanaimo, which is a really sweet town. In the morning, you can see the sun come out above the ocean and it’s just an incredible view!

 

I hope you enjoyed this post!
If you have any questions or suggestions to add, feel free to comment.

P.S. Another must-do is going to the Canucks icehockey games which are truly entertaining!

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Akron, Ohio (US)

I’m in Akron, Ohio right now, visiting my parents. If you happen to be there and like modern art, you have to go to the Akron Art Museum. There are stunning works of Donald Judd, Chuck Close, Sol Lewitt, George Segal, Andy Warhol and so on. It’s definitely worth a visit! There are also three current special exhibitions: “NEO GEO”, “Snack” and “PULP”.

After the art museum, I took pictures of the beautiful afternoon sky. I love the shadow play on the facade, the sunbeams emerging behind fluffy clouds and the bright blue color of the firmament.

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Then, I remembered that I got filters from my sister. They were too small for my objective, but fit onto my dad’s lense, so I took his camera. My favorite was the purple lense because it creates an artsy touch to the pictures. You don’t even have to edit them much – the colors will look amazing with the filter.

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I hope you enjoyed this post!
If you have any questions about the filters or art museums in this area, feel free to ask (;

 

 

project I: favorite corner

As mentioned before, I would like to share my favorite corner of the new living room with you. It is a lovely spot since it can be constantly redecorated and changed.

In winter (well actually until February), I had some fir needles on display which complemented the greenish touch of the plant to the right. I love to decorate with natural tones and some splash of vivid colors like the pink in the painting. Then again, it’s nice to play with complementary colors.

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I’m so glad to have found a spot for the painting, because I am always happy when I can integrate my own art at home. That way, it feels more personal and individual than a room, where there are only paintings from stores. If you don’t have any self-made artworks, then simply hang up photographs of your family, friends, yourself or beautiful cities you have visited. On pinterest, there are many great inspirational posts like these about how to create a photo gallery.

IMG_50661painting: myself  |  white pitchers: Sichel  |  perfume: Valentino Parfumerie Monheim  |  tea trolley: Ikea  |  bird: local market (LU)
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After my birthday in January, I treated myself with the lovely Valentino Donna perfume which scents like roses and bergamotte. It was a rainy day and I was in a dark mood, so when I entered the perfumery, all I wanted was something that smelled sweet and flowery. Valentino Donna was the best choice I could make. Even though I usually prefer fruity and light scents, this one made me feel good, like when you eat chocolate but without any remorse.

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livingroomwhite bird: DEPOT  |  bell jar: xenos  |  candle: Yankee CandleYankee Candle  |  small shells: Scènes d’intérieur (Ettelbruck)  |  concrete tealight holder with star: xenos  |  concrete square pot: Margoo (Aachen)
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Since spring has finally arrived, I took a few changes and went for more white accents and shells. I love my new little birdie – I definitely have a thing for birds! (In Brighton, I bought a turquoise one, but you will see it in a later post) White decor always seems to brighten up the room and enhances the atmosphere.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
How do you decorate your living room? Did you take any changes that evoke spring vibes?

 

How I fell in love with England

Today, I want to share my trip to Brighton, London and the Seven Sisters with you. I visited my best friend Lisa whom I haven’t seen in a long while and who studies in Brighton.

You’re really lucky to be friends with someone who has a lot of knowledge about the place you intend to visit. Since we both have similar passions, it was just the perfect match for a great adventure! If you like to travel, then take someone with you who is uncomplicated, has some of the same interests as you and who you enjoy being around with for some time. Otherwise your dream holiday can turn into a nightmare. Fortunately, I couldn’t find someone better to travel with (except for my boyfriend maybe).

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So here are the places we recommend to explore:

Brighton

Before I visited Brighton, I didn’t know what to expect. Maybe some small maritime houses in the pier area and for the rest just some random shops and cafés. That’s why I was so amazed when Lisa took me to the Lanes on my first day. I was overwhelmed by the free and artsy spirit, the lovely bakeries and amazing art shops. You could really feel the city’s soul, passion running through its streets like blood through veins. My mood lightened up immediately and I felt like I was ment to be there, like I somehow belonged there even though I’ve never been to Brighton before. It was magical.

shops: WORKSHOP  |  abodeliving  |  ODE  |  Posh Totty  |  OLIVER BONAS  |  lavender room  |  HOME SENSE  |  TIGER  |  HEAL’S  |  Rose Hill
food: Shakeaway  |  wagamama  |  Krispy Kreme Doughnuts  |  little bird café  |  bluebird tea

London

We forgot the camera. That was the first thing we thought while catching the train to London. Since we only had one day and a full schedule though, it was actually convenient not to carry a heavy extra bag. First stop was the St. Paul’s Cathedral which was really amazing. We took like forty pictures of it, but I’m not gonna annoy you with them.

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On the way to the Globe theatre I got roasted almonds which brightened my mood – I forgot my cold hands and our freezing companion, the wind. We then stumbled through the masses of people at the Borough Market until we got to the V&A museum which I had wanted to visit for ages. First, we kind of struggled with the map, but after that we enjoyed the art around us. The whole building is actually a piece of art. I love its architecture and beautiful color.

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Of course we also went to Camden Market. I don’t have any pictures though, because first my hands were freezing and my phone died of the cold (it does that a lot recently) and second because we were on the tough quest of cronuts which we didn’t find because all the bakeries were already closed and the doughnut stand had run out of them.

After some shopping at Oxford Circus we went to Nando’s and let the evening end on a cozy note. If you love chicken (they also have vegetarian meals though) then that’s the place to eat!

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Seven Sisters

I would like you to get a feeling of the heavenly atmosphere at Seven Sisters. Therefore my next words will be a bit more poetic.

photo credit for the pictures where I am in:  Lisa

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It’s freezing. The wind blows like a powerful angry god and jeopardizes your vision as you cover your face with shivering fingers. Your walk is slow, head down, so you don’t trip over loose rocks. Then you pause for a second to look around you and freeze in amazement. The sun has come out, surrounds your skin like a soft blanket and paints the world in golden hues. Your eyes linger on the flat surface of the ocean which mirrors the beautiful colors of an afternoon sky. Waves splash onto the shore with the grace and vigouresness of ballet dancers. The cliff stays immaculate, charming you with sandy colors that are highlighted by a few sun beams. You inhale the fresh air and forget the icy wind, messy hair and clouded mind. It’s just you and nature. Right there. In that moment. Your soul is free. Your heart enchanted. 

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You definitely have to visit that place, it is absolutely breathtaking!

I hope you enjoyed this post!
What is your favorite place? Do you have any interesting shops/cafés/museums to add?
Let me know in the comments.

P.S. Since some people asked, the comment button is at the top of the post and your e-mail address is optional (;

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project I: creating a cozy space

So this is actually my first post on this blog and that’s why I choose to write about arranging my student apartment, beginning with the living room. It has been a lot of fun, and even though I was a bit scared that the colors wouldn’t match (more about that later), everything turned out as I hoped it would.

If you want to redecorate your living room or simply be inspired by the hues and shapes I used, here you go! First, you’ve got to decide what kind of atmosphere you want to create. Do you want to go for a stylish black and white interior, a soft pastel,  or a bright neon one?

Then you can get started. If you know how to use Indesign, you can easily transform the room and furniture measurements into the program and visualize the top view of the desired interior. Don’t panic if you don’t have these programs, then just go on websites like gomoodboard to create beautiful moodboards per drag&drop. You can also move the images around and play with it as you wish.

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Above you see the top view of the room and the colors are similar to the real ones. Since I bought the gray couch and beige rug at different stores, I wasn’t sure if the colors would itch in real life and I couldn’t exactly see from the pictures if the laminate floor was too reddish.

My boyfriend told me to just go for the rug and see what happens – a great idea because it turned out to look very good! Thanks to the rose eyecatchers here and there, and the white walls and furniture, the gray and the beige complement eachother instead of ruining the atmosphere.

Here are some close-ups of the coffee table decor:

IMG_9574plant: local market   |   pot: Ikea   |   pillows + blanket: Ikea + Yve decoration  |   I used to be a design student   |   Cereal mag   |   white house: xenos

 

IMG_9578black&white pillow: Butlers   |   large vase: xenos   |   white candle holder (rosegold on the inside): bloomingville   |   medium vase: Light & Living

 

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Actually there are no pictures on the wall yet. I’m still deciding which of my own paintings I will hang and which prints to buy somewhere else. I’ve already got an eye on some works by Vee Speers, Paolo Roversi, Hilde Mork, Silke Bonde and Playtype.

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I hope you enjoyed this post! There will come some more about the living room, like my favorite corner… You’ll see (;

What do you think of the color combination? How would you decorate your living room?
Let me know in the comments below.

 

P.S. I’m so in love with the Pantone 2016 color Rose Quartz & Serenity!

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